We have received a fresh batch of spy shots with the next generation BMW 5-Series Touring performing testing in Germany.

We have received a fresh batch of spy shots with the next generation BMW 5-Series Touring performing testing in Germany.

Despite the heavy amount of camouflage, it's easy to notice the new 5-Series wagon will have roughly the same size as the outgoing model and will adopt an evolutionary exterior design in the same vein as the new 7-Series upon which it will be based. Bavaria's flagship has lost up to 130 kg (287 lbs) so expect a similar diet for the mid-size model which should provide just about the same cargo capacity as the current variant that can store 560 liters of your items with the seats up and 1,670 liters once you fold them down.

This particular prototype seemed to have the full LED production headlights while those tiny rounded taillights are just provisional and will be replaced by new clusters once more evolved prototypes will hit public roads.

In terms of engines, a plug-in hybrid 5-Series prototype has already been spotted in sedan guise, but it's not known at this point whether the more practical Touring will get this frugal derivative. The rest of the engines will largely be carried over from the 7-Series while those rumors concerning an entry-level version with 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine are most likely just speculations.

Taking into account BMW recently ruled out the possibility of coming out with an M3 Touring because of a limited market, there are slim chances of seeing an M5 Touring. However, BMW might want to change its mind taking into account arch rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi have a different opinion regarding this segment as both the next-gen E63 and RS6 will once again be offered in the wagon body style.

While the outgoing 5-Series is assembled at BMW's factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany, production of the next one will be partially outsourced to Magna Steyr's factory in Graz, Austria. The latest report indicates BMW will not introduce the next-gen 5-Series in 2016 which means it will likely be out early 2017.

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Heavily camouflaged 2017 BMW 5-Series Touring spied in Germany